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Springfield, IL Shows Support of Travel and Tourism Industry


Visit Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Travel & Tourism week May 2-7 with programming and special events.

 Visit Springfield will host the Sam Madonia Morning Show at the Springfield Visitors Center in downtown on Wednesday, May 4 from 6am-9am to emphasize the important role travel & tourism play in our community.

·         Visit Springfield will host Capitol Radio Group and Rewind 93.5 for a two-hour radio remote May 4th, 3p-5p at the Visitors Center.

·        Thursday, May 5 the Central IL Customer Service Association presented by Visit Springfield will host Author and Keynote Speaker Aaron Davis. Aaron is a leading authority & expert on the importance of having a Positive Attitude and has shared his message with over a million people about how, “It’s not WHAT you do; instead, it’s HOW you do it.”  As a member of the 1994 National Championship Nebraska Football team and working with numerous corporations & organizations, he understands firsthand what it takes to perform like a champion & experience incredible results both personally & professionally by maintaining a positive attitude!

·         Friday, May 6 the Visit Springfield Team will be on the Old State Capitol Plaza, just outside of the Visitors Center to interact and welcome guests to our city and to hand out commemorative takeaways from 10am-4pm.

The events are part of the 39th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.


“NTTW has special significance this year as the travel industry looks ahead to a bright future,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “This NTTW is an opportunity to recognize the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry and how we are rebuilding to be more dynamic, innovative, sustainable and inclusive in the months and years to come.”

 “The numbers speak for themselves. Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 3,500 right here in Sangamon County,” said Scott Dahl, Director, Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This week, we are celebrating travel’s $483 million impact on our community and hoping to communicate on the overall value and contribution tourism makes to our quality of life in Springfield. We’re calling on everyone—from elected officials to all of our local friends and neighbors—to join us in saluting this important industry, and to support pro-travel and tourism efforts and legislation at the local, state and national level.”

 Together, we have overcome our industry’s most devastating crisis—and now, the importance of travel is clearer than ever before. As we shift our focus forward, together, we are defining a more innovative, inclusive and globally competitive

 ­­From each locally owned business to the largest of sites and attractions, travel employs a diverse workforce in Springfield and Sangamon County:

$483 million economic impact for Sangamon County
3,500 jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Sangamon County.
Approximately $110 million in payroll
Travel and tourism generates $10 million in local tax revenue for Springfield, IL.

These local figures are an important part of travel’s economic nationwide impact.  Travel is a $2.6 trillion economic output in the U.S.   Visitors support 17 million American jobs and travel-related spending generated $51 billion in trade surplus to the U.S.

We see daily how much travel & tourism matters to our community and are eager to welcome even more visitors, both domestic and international, here to show them what makes Springfield, IL a unique, affordable, walkable and friendly place to visit.